Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Robson was born in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] in 1902, joining the navy as a cadet in 1915 and educated at RNC Osborne and Dartmouth.
He served as Midshipman, "HMS Malaya", 1918; he served in Destroyers, 1922-37, commanding "HMS Rowena", 1934, and "HMS Wren", 1935-6. During World War Two he commanded "HMS Kandahar", 1939-41; he joined the staff of Combined Operations, 1942-3; commanded the 26th Destroyer Flotilla, 1944, in "HMS Hardy"; was Captain of Coastal Forces (Nore), 1945; then commanded "HMS Superb", 1945-7, and "HMS Ganges", 1947-9; was President of Admiralty Interview Board, 1949-50, Flag Officer (Flotillas), Home Fleet, 1951-3, Flag Officer, Scotland, 1952-6, and Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic, 1956-8. He retired in 1958, subsequently acting as Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Guernsey, 1958-64.
He was awarded a DSO 1940 (Bar 1941); DSC 1941, CB in 1953 and the KBE in 1956.
He died in December 1989.
"My naval life", with photocopies of photographs of Robson's family and the ships he served on
The papers were presented to Churchill Archives Centre by William Robson (son of Vice Admiral Robson) in December 1990
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This catalogue and collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in September 2003.